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The Jaguar XE, which is due to make its way to Malaysia in the near future, has made its debut in Thailand. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 competitor premiered at the ongoing 32nd Bangkok Motor Expo.

Two variants of the compact executive sedan are available in the Kingdom, with prices listed at 3.99 million baht (RM474k) for the XE R-Sport 2.0 Petrol and 4.19 million baht (RM497k) for the XE Portfolio 2.0 Petrol.

While engine options for other markets include an Ingenium 2.0 litre turbodiesel and a range-topping 340 PS/450 Nm 3.0 litre supercharged V6, a quick check with Jaguar’s Thai website revealed that its market is likely to only feature the base 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four-pot.

Specifically, the 2.0 litre mill that will power both variants of the Thai-spec XE is in its lower output form, delivering 200 PS at 5,000 rpm and 280 Nm between 1,750 and 4,000 rpm — as opposed to the higher-output 240 PS/340 Nm version. The XE 2.0 petrol here is good for a 7.7-second century sprint, and has a top speed of 237 km/h.

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Interestingly, the brochure at the event itself lists both of the brand’s Ingenium 2.0 litre diesel engines, and a much weaker version of the 2.0 litre petrol that’s inconsistent with the specs on Jaguar’s Thai website.

The snapped brochure also suggests that manual versions of the XE will be available there – we suspect some misplaced info on the publicly displayed spec sheet. Based on Jaguar’s official Thai site, its XE variants will both feature an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission as standard.

The sportier and more affordable XE R-Sport gets a set of 18-inch star-spoke alloy wheels (not pictured here), bi-function HID Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, an R-Sport body kit, an R-Sport branded multi-function steering wheel and a Meridian Audio System among its key highlights.

Moving over to the more expensive XE Portfolio, the list of highlights surprisingly starts with a smaller-diameter set of 17-inch alloy wheels, but things do get better then on. The R-Sport bodykit is dropped for a more elegant look, with further chrome elements on the exterior. The XE Portfolio also features a panoramic sunroof.

The interior features more chrome accents, a 10-colour ambient lighting system, an electric sun-blind for the rear windscreen, soft grain leather seats with tonal stitching and Herringbone perforation and more.

It shouldn’t be long now before the Malaysian-market Jaguar XE becomes available here, what with the model already up on the brand’s local website. Stay tuned for more details on the coming Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series competitor.


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